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Leadership Giving

At The Cooper Union, our students receive outstanding instruction in art, architecture and engineering which, together with a shared curriculum in the humanities and social sciences, prepares them to be fully engaged citizens. Small classes, a focus on student and faculty collaboration and an emphasis on experimentation and creativity distinguish the Cooper experience and give our graduates the knowledge and skills they need to confront the world’s most vexing problems.

We are thankful to the vision and generosity of Peter Cooper and the legacy of The Cooper Union must be continually renewed. To address the need for flexible financing to serve our students we established The Cooper Fund. This fund gives a name and an identity to the generosity of thousands of supporters. A gift to The Cooper Fund is one of the most valuable contributions alumni, parents, students and friends can make to help carry Peter Cooper's great vision into the future.

The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle

The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle honors a select group of generous supporters of Cooper whose extraordinary annual gifts range from $10,000 to $50,000 and above. The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle members enjoy a range of special benefits, including on-campus lectures and exhibitions showcasing faculty, student and professional work, exclusive receptions and more. Members of the Leadership Circle also serve as ambassadors to expand and sharpen our outreach. Their participation provides an endorsement and personal focal point for those individuals and organizations who we encourage to support The Cooper Union. We invite you to join today.

Gift opportunities

There are many ways to put your leadership gift to The Cooper Fund to work. Scholarship gifts address Cooper’s greatest need by helping a promising student change his or her life through a Cooper education. These rewarding gifts involve the donor in the unfolding story of a student's life and success. You may also direct your gift toward student grants and fellowships, academic enhancements, faculty support or venture funding.

The Cooper Fund provides essential, flexible monies that keep the college operating and pay educational costs for our student body.

Student Grants & Fellowships

Just as the core curriculum builds a wide base of perspective, experiences outside the classroom can be just as important as coursework in a student’s development as a professional. At The Cooper Union, our students can choose from a range of programs and opportunities that deepen their education and give them valuable real-world experience. Gift opportunities include:

International and cross-cultural learning fellowships which give students the opportunity to study abroad. Whether studying art in Amsterdam, apprenticing in an auto engineering facility in Germany or exploring architecture in Japan, students broaden their intellectual horizons through access to the cultures, perspectives and traditions of other lands.

Internship support provides funding to students who pursue unpaid work in their fields, giving them the opportunity to leverage their learning from exposure to  professionals in the field that build their career networks.

Project grants are awarded on a competitive basis and give students the chance to pursue independent research, small business start-ups and other creative projects emerging directly from their coursework at Cooper.

Computer Center gifts support students in the Computer Center through technology based initiatives each year. Undergraduates get hands-on, high-tech professional experience while supporting Cooper’s faculty, staff and students.

Academic Enhancements

At the core of The Cooper Union experience is the learning environment. In a world of changing technology and growing collective intelligence through the internet, we are continually challenged to enhance academic facilities and programs.

Exhibitions give students the invaluable opportunities to present themselves as professionals, make important connections and build public awareness of their accomplishments. Exhibitions are an important means of integrating Cooper into its community, gifts in this area provide resources for research, installations, publications and outreach.

Laboratories are the gateway to technology. Investments in our laboratory facilities connect our students with the most inventive ideas and practices and give them the best tools to realize their ambitions. Gifts in this area help support programs like sustainability, biomedical engineering, applied technology and digital media.

Studios are key components of our learning model. They provide time and space for students to experiment with projects, from architectural drawing and modeling to printmaking, painting, graphic design and sculpture. The open studio setup fosters mutually supportive learning communities. Gifts in this area help us maintain these critical facilities.

Faculty Support

A world-class education demands a world-class faculty. We are very proud of the outstanding individuals who teach art, architecture, engineering and the humanities and social sciences, and are committed to providing them with the support they need to carry out ground-breaking research and creative work. Gift opportunities include Faculty Fellowships which support research and publications, giving faculty members the chance to deepen their knowledge, explore new areas and try out new ideas. The work they produce helps elevate Cooper’s profile while providing new opportunities and directions in our classrooms.

Venture Funding

Innovation is at the heart of The Cooper Union. Venture funding exemplifies our commitment to explore new ideas and directions by supporting entrepreneurial projects, research, inventions and patent applications. Cooper faculty and students are pursuing initiatives in global development, design and technology, sustainability, bio-engineering and other new frontiers. Gifts for endeavors like these are critical to advancing academic programs and ensuring that Cooper students will be prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Recognition & Benefits

The Cooper Union is proud to celebrate the generosity of its donors whose total gifts to The Cooper Fund made in a single fiscal year exceed notable landmarks. The example of this caliber of generosity sets the standard for philanthropy at The Cooper Union.

All members of the Cooper Fund Leadership Circle will be invited to an annual reception with Cooper’s President and students and have their name recognized on the donor wall in the lobby of the Foundation Building. Other yearly benefits include:

Platinum ($50,000+)
  • Personal update on the state of The Cooper Union with the President
  • Ongoing invitations to special private events, including artist studio tours, visits to museums, galleries and architectural sites, and guided tours of on-campus exhibitions
  • Concierge service in making reservations for on-campus events
Gold ($25,000–$49,999)
  • Multiple scholarships, fellowships or grants established in your name, with the option to specify student majors or hometowns (as appropriate)
  • Private tour of an on-campus exhibition of your choice, led by a member of our esteemed faculty
  • VIP seating at special events in the historic Great Hall plus all Silver benefits
Silver ($10,000–$24,999)
  • A scholarship, fellowship or grant established in your name
  • Invitation to a reception and tour of the End of Year Show, which highlights student work from all three of Cooper’s schools
  • Special recognition in all donor listings, including the web site and print materials
Donors at the highest levels will receive additional benefits tailored to their interests. All gifts to The Cooper Fund will be counted toward your membership in Cooper’s Lifetime Giving Societies.

For more information and to make a gift to The Cooper Fund, please contact:

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Office of Alumni Affairs and Development
30 Cooper Square, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Jennifer Durst
Assistant Director of Development
Senior Major Gifts Officer
(212) 353-4165 | jdurst@cooper.edu

Elizabeth Rivera
Senior Major Gifts Officer
(212) 353-4171 | erivera@cooper.edu